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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

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The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM - 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.
  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday - Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat 13 Jun
Invasive Species Awareness Workshop
Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

Learn how to remove invasive plants to promote growth of native species! Best for ages 10 and up.

Sat 20 Jun
Pride Hike
Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with us during this 1 mile hike. All ages welcome.

Sat 27 Jun
International Mud Day
Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

It's the only time Mom will encourage you to play in the mud! Wade in our mud pool, cook up a mud pie in the mud kitchen, paint a mud masterpiece, and more! All ages.

Sat 27 Jun
Art in the Park: Paint a Potted Plant
Saturday, June 27, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Paint a pot and plant a seed! All ages.

Registration: Required

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